Visualisation of epidemiological data during crises Go to project page

Posted on - Ann Crabbé
The B-LiFE mobile lab is deployed internationally in crisis areas to help control biological threats, like epidemics. nazka mapps is helping the B-LiFE team to assess and visualize the situation on the terrain in near-real-time.

With the support of the European Space Agency (ESA), B-LiFE (Biological Light Fieldable laboratory for Emergencies) brings diagnostic capability as close as possible to crisis areas in the form of a high-tech and mobile bio-lab. It provides an essential element of fast emergency response while preserving the safety of deployed staff and of the surrounding populations. B-LiFE is an integrated service including satellite communication, geo-localisation of field samples and equipment, and earth observation data for site selection and monitoring. All data is collected in near-real time in a back-end and analytical tools are used to support rapid assessment of biological threats in the environment where the laboratory is deployed.

Since 2015, nazka mapps has been developing the map components for B-LiFE, in order to visualise the situation on the terrain in near-real time. In 2020 the map was updated to the latest nazka Mapframe technology and is now in line with the latest standards in mapping technology. The map integrates geo-located data like samples, airports and hospitals, with mapping services like routing and map measurements.

Furthermore, a console was added with statistics on the current epidemic, to allow stakeholders to asses the situation in near-real-time. This console displays, apart from the classic timeline of infections through time, also a division by age, gender and region. Depending on availability, also other data types can be shown, like the number of cured cases or the number of deceased persons. These graphs work together interactively:

B-LiFE is certified by the EU Civil Protection Mechanism as an integrated module in the European Medical Corps. The lab can be mobilized for any type of emergency with health consequences, at short notice, when needed. This was already the case during the Ebola crisis in April 2015, where it was successfully deployed at a treatment centre in N’Zerekore, Guinea. More recently in 2020 the laboratory was sent to Piemonte, Italy, to support the local healthcare workers, civil protection volunteers and members of the emergency services in their battle against COVID-19.

Disclaimer: data shown on the screenshots is fictional and is not based on real measurements or persons.

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